Crataegus pinnatifida

For another species called Chinese hawthorn, see Crataegus cuneata.
Crataegus pinnatifida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Crataegus
Series: Pinnatifidae
(Zabel ex C.K.Schneid) Rehder[1]
Species: C. pinnatifida
Binomial name
Crataegus pinnatifida

Crataegus pinnatifida, also known as Chinese haw,[2] Chinese hawthorn or Chinese hawberry,[3][4] refers to a small to medium-sized tree, as well as the fruit of the tree. The fruit is bright red, 1.5 in (38 mm) in diameter. In Chinese, the fruit is called shānzhā (Chinese: 山楂, literally meaning "mountain hawthorn") or da hong guo (大红果, literally meaning "big red fruit").


Culinary use

In northern Chinese cuisine, ripe C. pinnatifida fruits are used in the desserts tanghulu and shanzhagao. It is also used to make the traditional candies haw flakes and haw rolls, as well as candied fruit slices, jam, jelly, and wine.

Traditional medicine

In traditional Chinese medicine, the dried fruits of C. pinnatifida have been used as a digestive aid.[5]

See also


  1. Phipps, J.B.; Robertson, K.R.; Smith, P.G.; Rohrer, J.R. (1990). A checklist of the subfamily Maloideae (Rosaceae). Canadian Journal of Botany. 68(10): 2209–2269.
  2. Plants for a Future, retrieved 20 October 2015
  3. Hummer, K.E.; Janick, J. (2008). Folta, Kevin M.; Gardiner, Susan E., eds. Genetics and genomics of Rosaceae. New York: Springer. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-387-77490-9.
  4. Flint, Harrison L. (1997). Landscape plants for eastern North America : exclusive of Florida and the immediate Gulf Coast. New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-471-59919-7.
  5. Dharmananda S. (2004). "Hawthorn (Crataegus). Food and Medicine in China". January. Institute of Traditional Medicine Online.
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